Taste of Summer: Sprecher Root Beer

Kudos to Sprecher Brewing, of Glendale WI (just north of Milwaukee), whose root beer took top honors in a tasting panel conducted by several New York Times food writers.

I hadn't had Sprecher's root beer in a while, so I picked up a celebratory four-pack at Lunds (it's also available here) Just for fun, I blind-tasted it against a brew I wasn't sure was on the Times' radar--one made by James Page, which is based on the recipe used by Dorothy Molter (the BWCA's last permanent resident, also known as the "root beer lady").

I had a slight preference for the Sprecher's: it has a creamier head, spicier ("rootier"?) flavor, and a bit more carbonation--though I could have used even more of all three variables--and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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